Rafe Spall cast as ITV’s Harry Price: Ghost Hunter
Life of Pi star Rafe Spall is set to take a turn for the supernatural in ITV’s upcoming film Harry Price: Ghost Hunter.
Written by Jack Lothian (Doc Martin, Death in Paradise, Ashes to Ashes), the production is based on the Neil Spring novel The Ghost Hunters, which mixes real life and fiction to spine-chilling effect.
The titular character is Britain’s most famous real life ghost hunter, who operated in 1920s London investigating tales of the paranormal. Harry Price: Ghost Hunter begins with Price having recently fallen on hard times, now resorting to the fraudulent business if conducting fake séances for miserable families. However, his fate changes when a local MP calls upon his services.
Spall said of his casting: “I’m delighted to be portraying Harry Price for ITV. It’s a fantastic piece of history that has mass appeal and I can’t wait to start filming”.
Joining him will be Cara Theobald (Downton Abbey, The Syndicate), Richie Campbell (DCI Banks, The Frankenstein Chronicles), Lewis Reeves (Unforgotten), Tom Ward (The Frankenstein Chronicles, Death in Paradise) and Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy).
The film will be executive produced for Bentley Productions by Jo Wright (Midsomer Murders, The Sculptress, Othello), produced by Denise Paul (Doctor Who) and directed by Alex Pillai (Being Human, Da Vinci’s Demons, Merlin).
“It’s a great thrill to be making Harry Price: Ghost Hunter for ITV,” said Wright. “Bentley Productions is developing a raft of new and exciting projects and this is one of my favourites. To be able to combine the book by Neil Spring with a script by Jack Lothian has been a delight, and we look forward to making this for our ITV audience.”
Filming will begin in London at the end of this month.